ROC success in Alaska!

Alaska legislators have passed a sweeping corrections bill that will increase public safety, slow prison growth and cut costs. The bill establishes a 24/7 Sobriety Program, which requires certain offenders to submit to twice-a-day alcohol or drug testing, provides stricter penalties for attempted abduction, and increases the threshold for felony theft from $500 to $750.

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“Conservative Group Continues Push for Criminal Justice Reform”

“Right on Crime aims at reform on both the federal and state levels. The underlying idea is to use prisons for people who would harm society, not for non-violent offenders causing no injury to body or property.”

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Vikrant Reddy on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

ROC senior policy analyst Vikrant Reddy appeared on CSPAN’s “Washington Journal” with Greta Brawner to discuss the federal government’s recent interest in criminal justice reform, and the influence of successful reform efforts in Texas and other states. Click here to watch the full interview.

Levin, Arlinghaus: A dose of commonsense in criminal justice

The Legislature is considering whether 17-year-olds should always be tried as adult or whether the system should have some discretion. It is reasonable and common-sense reform to adopt a system, like 40 other states, that allows 17-year-olds to be tried as adults if warranted but does not require it. The proposal, House Bill 1624, is a policy that makes good sense but is also of huge financial benefit.

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Louisiana looks to Texas to get right on crime

The Pelican Institute points out that Louisiana is out of step, even with conservative states like Texas and Georgia, which have moved away from prison terms for nonviolent offenders to emphasize rehabilitation.

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The Daily Caller: Koch brothers unite right and left, sponsor panel on prison reform

“The Texas Public Policy Foundation created a new organization of conservative leaders to boost these state efforts. Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Bill Bennett, Ed Meese, and Grover Norquist are just some of the prominent conservatives who have endorsed the Right on Crime platform.”

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“Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas”

ROC signatories Jerry Madden, Grover Norquist and Newt Gingrich sit down with The Daily Beast to discuss the origins of the criminal justice reform movement in Texas.

“Traditionally, the politics [of prison reform] were that conservatives said ‘tough on crime’ and ‘the longer you put people in prison, the better,’” Norquist told me. “Over time, the cost of prisons, the cost of the judicial system, the length of some of the mandatory minimums that were being thrown out, got to be such that conservatives started saying ‘Wait a minute, if we’re trying to reduce crime, are we doing this in the most cost-effective way? Are there better ways to approach this?’” Click here to read more.

This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.

Marc Levin: Remember and empower victims of crime

While crime has been declining for two decades, 1 in 14 Americans experienced a property crime and 1 in 40 a violent crime during 2012. To pay tribute to victims and survivors, the federal government has designated April 6 to 12, 2014 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

This is a time to turn our attention to the true consumers of the corrections system – those who have been personally wronged by an offender. Too often, rather than focusing on empowering victims and ensuring they receive restitution, the process emphasizes an offender’s “debt to society,” often in the form of fines and fees that go into the government’s coffers. This fixation on the prerogatives of the government has too often marginalized the rights and voices of victims.

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The Washington Post: “Study looks at kids who do time for offenses that aren’t crimes”

The Washington Post discusses Texas Public Policy Foundation’s newly released report “Kids Doing Time for What’s Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders,” saying “we need resist the impulse to address every societal problem with the criminal justice system. It’s a blunt instrument, and especially with kids, applying it inappropriately causes a lot more harm than good.”

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“Reagan had it right: We must not forget America’s crime victims”

In celebration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, ROC signatory and Director of the American Conservative Union’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform Pat Nolan, along with national crime victim advocate Anne Seymour, authored “Reagan had it right: We must not forget America’s crime victims” for Fox News.

“At Right on Crime, we strongly believe that crime victims and those who serve them are important partners in any efforts to improve our nation’s systems of justice – federal, criminal, juvenile, tribal and civil justice – and the fair treatment of victims of crime.”

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